Retrograde Mercury has recently made its conjunction with the Sun. This energy is marvelous for empathic thinking, listening, communication and conversation. If you're in a positive position in life, and others are not, then this energy can help you lend a compassionate ear or word. Mercury also sextiles Mars in Capricorn which presents a great opportunity to be assertive and push words and thoughts for optimum force and effect. If you use your hands for creative work such as painting, playing a musical instrument, sculpting and healing then take advantage of the intuitive power and assertion of the power available right now.
Because the Aries Moon squares Mars today there could be an over emphasis on emoting in angrier and confrontational ways for those who are extremely frustrated, yet Mars loves the sign of Capricorn and Aries so this square has the capability of great power and accomplishment. It's a good day to be forceful and assertive and communicate in ways that don't turn people off.
A brief word about the coronavirus. Obviously I'm not a doctor and this is genuinely a very serious situation. A word of caution: the news and information is coming down while Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Pisces, the placement of its detriment. There is much confusion, fog and haze in all this. We really do not know. Pisces is a sign that blurs the boundaries, inflates and over sensitizes. Do not expect to get logical facts or answers right now. We really have to wait until Mercury turns direct after March 10 and even more when the planet of logical communication enters Aries on April 12.
Mercury has entered its shadow in preparation for its retrograde station which formerly takes place on February 16. In the time period leading up to that date you will start to get acquainted with any challenges that will come to fruition on and during the retrograde and will need to be addressed and/or fixed at that time. Pay careful attention during the next two weeks as mechanical devices may start to act funny, or you start having more interesting types of miscommunications with certain people that will be formerly addressed after the 16th. Stuff like that. For instance, I’m having a hunch (Mercury is in Pisces after all) that a friend of mine is dissatisfied with me about something and neither of us has said anything. I’m ruminating on it because perhaps I may be a bit paranoid. If there is something to my intuition most likely on the retrograde is when it will come to light and be addressed.
Mercury is in Pisces for quite a long time; from now until April 11 (with a brief retro back into Aquarius from March 5 – March 16). Pisces is the sign of Mercury’s detriment so it has to work harder here to be understood. Mercury likes facts, details, logic and precision and Pisces is a sign antithetical to those principles as its style is dealing with things through the imagination, fantasy, poetry, intuition, and more non-verbal ways of communicating. This retrograde can be twice as confusing in the sign of Pisces and much information can be left out, forgotten, erased and at its worst consciously manipulated through lies and obfuscation. This will be a horrible retrograde for getting the truth about something unless of course you’re a writer, poet, sculptor, artist, musician, shaman, guru, healer and help people understand the truth through illusions and ethereal types of techniques. This retrograde will be great for re-examining the emotional past.
You would be wise to get as much practical stuff done before the formal retrograde on February 16th. Place your orders on line now for tickets and purchases of any kind.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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